Principal, MA in Educational Psychology
Ms. Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of History and Archaeology (double major) from SFU; an A.A. and B.A.A. Design (Honours) from the American College for the Applied Arts in London England; her teaching certification Professional Development Program (PDP) from SFU; a Certificate in Liberal Arts from SFU; and her M.A. in Educational Psychology from SFU.
Kathleen is also a Bright Start Trainer of Trainers, is trained in F.I.E. levels 1, 2, and 3; trained in Dynamic Assessment for Young Children and L.P.A.D.; and trained in the Parents as Mediators program. She was a teacher for Vancouver School Board for 10 years, teaching both elementary and high school including as a special education case manager. At that time she was a School Associate for the PDP Program at SFU a number of times. Ms. Jeffrey has been associated with the Variety Learning Centre since 1996 as Summer School Teacher, Saturday Class Teacher, Tutor, Professional Educational Trainer and Fund Raising Chair. She is also the only language arts program trainer for the Open Court program for McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press in British Columbia.
Ms. Jeffrey has taught numerous workshops across Canada, the US and Europe on Mediated Learning Experience, Phonemic Awareness, and Language Acquisition in Young Children. Ms. Jeffrey was in Russia in November 2003, where she was invited to present her research in Parental Mediation and Language Development at the Russian State University. She completed her FIE Trainers II level in July 2004 in Amsterdam. She then proceeded to Israel to work with Prof. Feuerstein and Vygotsky scholar Prof. Alex Kozulin in August 2004. She has published a book: Bridging to Enrichment, as well as articles on mediation and language acquisition.
Kathleen has presented papers both nationally and internationally: San Diego CA, Vancouver BC, Seattle WA (University of Washington), Toronto ON, Carlsbad CA, Knoxville TN (University of Knoxville), and San Francisco CA. From 2006 – 2013 she was appointed to the BC Ministry of Education Special Education Committee for Independent Schools. From 2013 to the present time she is a Lead School Inspector and Lead auditor with the Ministry of Education. Ms. Jeffrey was recently a key part of the Vygotsky documentary.
This is Kathleen’s 14th year as a school principal.